Silicon Ranch is planning 252 MW of new solar in Georgia over next three years
Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch have announced 252 MW . will bringAC of new solar energy online over the next three years for 16 affiliated electricity cooperatives across Georgia. Silicon Ranch will own, operate and maintain the arrays. Green Power EMC purchases all energy and environmental attributes generated by the facilities on behalf of the affiliated cooperatives.
The first site, Snipesville III, will be a 107 MW solar facility in Jeff Davis County. Construction is expected to begin later this year and the facility is expected to be operational by mid-2023. The site will be close to two other cooperative solar projects. Snipesville I (86 MW) was commissioned in December 2020 and construction of Snipesville II (107 MW) was completed in December 2021. Snipesville II will provide power to one of Green Power EMC’s affiliated cooperatives, Walton EMC, as part of the utility’s agreement to provide renewable energy to Meta’s Newton County data center.
The second site in the portfolio, DeSoto II, will be a 65 MW solar facility in Lee County. Silicon Ranch expects to begin construction in late 2022 and plans to bring the facility online by late 2023. The facility will be built adjacent to DeSoto I, where construction is already underway and, like Snipesville II, the DeSoto I facility will serve Walton EMC in support of Meta’s Georgia operations.
The third site, Ailey, will be an 80 MW solar facility in Montgomery County. Silicon Ranch plans to build the project in 2024 and expects the facility to be online by the end of that year.
“Over the past eight years, Silicon Ranch has proudly worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Green Power EMC and the Georgia Cooperatives to deploy more than one gigawatt of solar power and invest more than $1 billion in the state of Georgia,” said Silicon Ranch. Co-founder and CEO Reagan Farr. “In the past year, Silicon Ranch employed more than 1,000 Georgians to help us build solar installations across the state, and thanks to the leadership of Green Power EMC and the Georgia Electric Cooperatives, we will have 1,000 more.” to make a meaningful economic impact in the communities where we are based.”
Silicon Ranch has committed to making significant capital investments and hiring local craftsmen in Jeff Davis, Lee and Montgomery counties to build the projects over the next three years. Once operational, the projects will generate millions of dollars in new tax revenue to support the local economies, governments and school systems of these rural communities for decades to come.
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